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West Ham United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
West Ham United v QPR
QPR have now kept only two clean sheets in their last 20 Premier League games
  • West Ham climb nine places to seventh in the table
  • First clean sheet of the season for the Hammers
  • QPR two points from safety at the bottom
  • Hoops suffer fourth straight league away defeat

West Ham climbed to seventh in the table as an own goal by Nedum Onuoha and Diafra Sakho's header left QPR two points from safety at the bottom.

The Hammers went ahead when Stewart Downing's corner struck the knee of Onuoha, standing on the edge of the six-yard area, and rolled in.

Charlie Austin fired wide from QPR substitute Bobby Zamora's cross before Sakho headed the second from a mis-hit cross by James Tomkins.

'Everything is rosy' for Allardyce

QPR have now won once in seven games.

Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has plenty to ponder during the international break after defeat at the hands of the club he managed between 1994-2001.

Not only has his side lost all four away Premier League games since winning promotion via the play-offs last season, they have scored only once in seven-and-a-half hours of league and cup action on their travels.

That does not bode well with three of the next four games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Hammers keeper Adrian was forced into a full-stretch save to keep out Niko Kranjcar's long-range 70th minute free-kick.

Former West Ham striker John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 live:
"West Ham looked very comfortable and Sam Allardyce will be delighted. They go above Arsenal on goal difference. The strikers were fantastic, the defence looked assured, and Alex Song covered every blade of grass. QPR manager Harry Redknapp tried everything in terms of his substitutions, but West Ham were good value for their 2-0 win."

But by then West Ham had the points in the bag with a performance that offered evidence their season is starting to gather momentum under Sam Allardyce.

Their second successive home win lifted them nine places up the Premier League table above Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

It might not have been a repeat of the sparkling display that saw off Liverpool two weeks earlier, but the Hammers kept their first clean sheet of the campaign while injured striker Andy Carroll is nearing a return to action.

QPR have not won a Premier League game away from home since 2 March, 2013 and they were behind after five minutes at Upton Park when former Manchester City defender Onuoha put through his own net.

Lack of goals a concern for Redknapp

Downing's corner appeared to strike Enner Valencia on the hand as the Hammers striker appealed for a penalty after being pushed by Austin, the ball landing on Onuoha's knee before falling into the net.

Valencia wasted a good chance to double the lead five minutes later when he fired wide after Rio Ferdinand, making his 500th Premier League appearance, deflected the ball into the Ecuador forward's path.

Austin, the scorer of QPR's only away goal, wasted two chances before the unmarked Sakho doubled the lead in the 59th minute with a close-range header when Tomkins's looped the ball over Rob Green.

Redknapp's team were fortunate not to suffer a heavier defeat, Hammers substitute Kevin Nolan firing straight at Green from 12-yards when unmarked.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"We're short - we're short of goals, we're short up front. It's been difficult, we lost Loic Remy on the deadline and couldn't get a replacement. We've had a tough start but there's an awful long way to go.

"There's a lot of teams down there - one win changes everything. You have to keep going. It's early days.

"We have to find a way of playing that suits everybody and get the best out of what we've got."

West Ham v QPR
West Ham's next game is away to struggling Burnley on 18 October
West Ham v QPR
Sam Allardyce has seen his West Ham side secure seven points from the last four games
QPR defender Rio Ferdinand
QPR defender Rio Ferdinand was making his 500th Premier League appearance 18 years after his first
West Ham United v QPR
Diafra Sakho has scored in all four starts he has made for West Ham in the Premier League


West Ham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 13Adrián
  • 18Jenkinson
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 49mins
  • 2Reid
  • 3CresswellBooked at 83mins
  • 30Song
  • 21Amalfitano
  • 11Downing
  • 10ZárateSubstituted forNolanat 76'minutes
  • 31E ValenciaSubstituted forJarvisat 85'minutes
  • 15Sakho


  • 4Nolan
  • 7Jarvis
  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 23Poyet
  • 24Cole
  • 32Burke
  • 36Lee


Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Green
  • 15Onuoha
  • 4Caulker
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 3Traore
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forZamoraat 45'minutes
  • 20HenryBooked at 89mins
  • 10Fer
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroBooked at 14minsSubstituted forTaarabtat 67'minutes
  • 19KranjcarSubstituted forMutchat 78'minutes
  • 9Austin


  • 12McCarthy
  • 14Isla
  • 17Mutch
  • 22Dunne
  • 24Vargas
  • 25Zamora
  • 27Taarabt
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamQPR
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Queens Park Rangers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

  4. Post update

    James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Booking

    Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Karl Henry (Queens Park Rangers).

  9. Post update

    Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Nolan (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Nedum Onuoha.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Matthew Jarvis replaces Enner Valencia.

  13. Booking

    Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordon Mutch (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bobby Zamora with a headed pass.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jordon Mutch replaces Niko Kranjcar.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Kevin Nolan replaces Mauro Zárate.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers).

As It Stood

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4Man Utd73221310311
7West Ham73131210210
10Aston Villa731349-510
14West Brom722389-18
15Crystal Palace72231012-28
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